Category Archives: Novel Escapes

A mish-mash of posts about writing and reading. Sometimes fun, sometimes serious, always a way to waste some time online.

The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog

The Fog of Weeds, Part 2

To celebrate the official start of fall here in Northern California regardless of how hot today gets, I decided to post more of the fog pictures I’ve taken that helped inspire A Feast of Weeds: Book #1.

I’ve posted before about the importance of setting and weather in my stories. In future posts I’ll share inspiration for the settings of the other two books in A Feast of Weeds. In the meantime, feel free to pin or save these pics for your own personal use.

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The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
A spooky break in the trees
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
Majestic oak falling over the trail
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
Bending oaks over of the foggy trail
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
Trail disappearing into the fog
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
A curve in the trail
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
Lush green, oak trees, fog
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
A man wandering the trail on a foggy day
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
An open field, rusting machinery, fog
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
A portal winding through the lush grass and fog
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
Another view of the trail portal and oak tree
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
A curling oak tree sheltering the trail in the fog
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
A dark path winding around an old oak
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
Fading fog as a man walks the trail under majestic oaks
The importance of weather and setting in fiction | A Feast of Weeds | JamieThornton.com #fog
Majestic oak, winding trail, last of the fog

 

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Delta Bike Tour #1 – The Maps

Delta Bike Tour | A blog series exploring a two day road bike tour around the Sacramento Delta. Includes route maps and pics. JamieThornton.com #deltabiketourThis is the first post in a new series that explores some of my research and adventures while writing A Feast of Weeds, a post-apocalyptic adventure trilogy.

When violence erupts in Corrina’s neighborhood, Corrina and Dylan must flee. But then Dylan is captured and when Corrina attempts a rescue, she’s infected with a virus that messes with her memories—like PTSD and seeing ghosts, all-in-one. Suddenly she can’t be sure what’s real and what’s the virus and whether she’s still human. Troubles ensue, betrayals mount, people die. Corrina will do anything to save Dylan, even kill. And that’s just A Feast of Weeds: Book #1.

I had so much fun writing this series.

My characters in A Feast of Weeds eventually spend a lot of time on their bicycles. When the world falls apart, vehicles choke the freeways, and neighborhoods burn, bicycles might just be the most reliable way to get out of town. I went on two road bike tours with my husband over the past year to get a feel for what my characters might go through on the trail.

We started this first Delta Bike Tour in West Sacramento. We biked for two days; an out-and-back trip. The first day was about 55 miles, the second day was about 45 miles. We stayed the night in Rio Vista. I’ve included Google Maps of our route as well as some highlight pictures below. The posts in the rest of this series will share details about the route, the curious and beautiful sights along the way, and what all of that did to my imagination.

Igneous Books is publishing A Feast of Weeds in late Spring 2015. I’ll be sending updates, sneak peeks, and advance reader copies through my email list.   I hope you decide to Join the Adventure and further explore how this delta bike tour informed the trilogy.

Day #1 Map – from West Sacramento to Rio Vista

Day #2 Map – from Rio Vista to West Sacramento

Need to Escape Work? Find a Portal.

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You may have found a portal if…

It’s a wardrobe closet (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe)

A many-eyed, flying orb knocks on your door (Wrinkle in Time)

You are at a Train Station (Harry Potter)

You’re sent a Golden Ticket in the mail (Charlie and the Chocolate factory)

You fall down a rabbit hole (Alice in Wonderland)

My definition for a portal: there is a “real” world to return to even if you don’t know how to get back.

These are some portal-stories that still stick with me longer after reading them. What are your favorite portal-stories?